Blog Archives for January 2009

Deportation of mentally ill could have dire consequences

January 29, 2009 The deportation of a schizophrenic man is described in a post today on the Standing FIRM blog.
Greg Pleasants, an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc., states that "People with mental and developmental disabilities who are deported can also face a grave risk of harassment and even persecution in their home countries - harassment and persecution based solely on their disabilities."
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National service included in stimulus

January 29, 2009 Thanks to Amy at the New Service for today's update on national service funding.  According to the post, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (President Obama's economic stimulus legislation that passed in the House yesterday) includes $200 million for the Corporation for National and Community Service.  $160 million of that money is provided for AmeriCorps State and National to expand “existing AmeriCorps grants." Read More

Former Northeastern Law Dean: New President of University of the Virgin Islands?

January 27, 2009 According to this post yesterday, former Northeastern University School of Law Dean David Hall is being considered for the position of President of the University of the Virgin Islands.  The other finalist is Calvin Jamison of the University of Texas at Dallas. -Aaron

Law students participate in family law clinic

January 26, 2009 This is a guest post from Carrie Henrichsen, an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Access to Justice in South Dakota. Last week I joined students in hosting a family law clinic for the R.D. Hurd Pro Bono Society, named after late South Dakota judge R.D. Hurd who began the funding for the program. This particular clinic helps low-income clients who are income eligible for legal aid assistance, but would normally be rejected as non-urgent cases. Read More

Sen. George Mitchell to serve as Middle East envoy

January 23, 2009 Following the confirmation of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, she and President Obama named former Senator George Mitchell as envoy to the Middle East. Sen. Mitchell will work with Secretary Hillary Clinton to promote and secure peace in the Middle East. See a clip from the news broadcast from the State Department below. [youtube=] Sen. Mitchell was honored in October for his work in public service. He received the Scales of Justice Award from Equal Justice Works and spoke about global diplomacy and peace. Read More

Day of service: ServiceNation breakfast & service project

January 23, 2009 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps staff member Eric Harsch attended the ServiceNation "New Era of Service" Breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr., Day this week. Here is a blog post from Eric about the event. I have attended several service projects in my life, but nothing has compared to what I experienced on the morning of Martin Luther King Jr., Day.   ServiceNation put this amazing event together, organizing people from all sectors to come together to celebrate public service. Read More

Serving the public while balancing debt

January 22, 2009 In today's "My Goodness" column of Slate, Patty and Sandy Stonesifer address the "law school debt trap" and offer advice on how to have a career in public interest law while balancing educational debt. The Stonesifers offer tips and tools for coping with law school debt, including the student debt relief podcast and other resources by Heather Jarvis of Equal Justice Works. Read More

Education award available for summer internships

January 21, 2009 The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program engages law students around the country who are working to expand the delivery of legal services to those who need it most.  Law students receive a $1,000 education award for their service. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2008 provided 350 law students with the opportunity to dedicate their summer to public service at nonprofit and public interest organizations. Read More

Highlighting your law school programs

January 16, 2009 The Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools (Formerly the E-Guide to Public Service at America's Law Schools) online survey is available now. The deadline for completed surveys has been moved to February 16, 2009. The Guide highlights law school practices that encourage students to engage in public service, and equip students with the skills necessary to meet the legal needs of the underserved. It documents curricular and co-curricular innovations. Read More

Filing your tax return: Tax benefits for education

January 14, 2009 The IRS has posted Pub. 970 "Tax Benefits for Education" for use in preparing 2008 tax returns.  Chapter 5 of Pub. 970 includes a description of tax-free student loan cancellation available under typical law school loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs). Also of note: For married borrowers filing their 2008 returns jointly, the amount of student loan interest deduction is gradually phased out when modified adjusted gross income is between $115,000 and $145,000. Read More

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